I’ve always been drawn to the clean lines and simple practicality of tennis attire, both on and off the court. There is something very elegant about tennis whites, and that elegance is, to me, only accentuated by how comfortable tennis wear is! I’ve never been particularly into athleisure, but there is definitely something about tennis skirts and dresses that feels like an exception to the rule. Personally, I like to wear all-white tennis attire because it is easier to coordinate and it feels very pulled-together, but there are so many fun pieces with pops of color I’m also drawn to.
I’ve been a longtime fan of Boast (I’m pretty sure my dad still has a few of their original polo shirts in the back of his closet), and I was so pleased when they started making women’s clothing a few years back. I love their classic retro vibe and the simplicity of their designs. While they have so many great designs, I adore this pleated tennis skirt (the green stripe would match my favorite Tretorns and who could object to navy?) and this sleeveless polo. I definitely need a new sleeveless polo for this summer, and I love the length and the tennis tail of this one.
I’ve loved CK Bradley for what seems like forever, and when she introduced tennis skirts and yoga leggings, I was over the moon. (Her yoga leggings are actually the only ones I’ve ever purchased.) I love her fun prints and this striped skirt is something I’d wear every day, both on and off the courts (both tennis and squash!). All of the CK Bradley tennis skirts can be found here.
While I love the skirt/tennis combo, I’ve been intrigued by tennis dress after discovering Hedge. I love their statement on their website: “Hedge was born out of a desire to look lovely on the tennis court, demure on the golf course and elegant the rest of the day.” I completely agree, and their pieces are practically perfect in every way, especially this dress with the beautiful Peter Pan collar.
And, of course, you can’t play tennis without tennis shoes! My Tretorn Nylites are literally the only tennis shoes/sneakers I will wear in public. For some reason, I’ve never felt really comfortable in sneakers, and when I finally needed a new pair for the first time since after college, I jumped at the chance to buy a new pair of these classic shoes. They are endlessly comfortable and I find myself reaching for them when I’m going on a longer walk, instead of slipping into my boat shoes. I bought mine at Ann Mashburn, but you can also find them at Zappos, Nordstrom, and Shopbop. I’m also intrigued by this classic Bensimon pair, which look extremely comfortable and chic.